Athlete of the Month: Tom Raffio – December 2012
|Some people run long. Some people run fast. Some people run a lot. December Athlete of the Month, Tom Raffio did all of that and more in running 83 races during 2012. Throughout the year, Tom ran all types of races, from larger well-known races like the Mount Washington road race, to race series such as the Capital Area Race Series, the MVP Health Care Millennium Running Series, and all sorts of smaller community races. Some how he found time to accomplish his goal of finishing more than 75 races all while serving as CEO and President of Northeast Delta Dental. Consistently finishing in the top tier of his age groups, Tom leads by example and is a great inspiration to everyone to get out there and run!
Health, wellness, family, and community outreach are just some of the main priorities that Mr. Raffio promotes at Northeast Delta Dental. As a company, NEDDis a huge supporter of wellness related events, road races, and typically raise funds for worthwhile causes and family-related activities. Tom has always felt that without good oral health, one cannot have good overall health.
“You cannot separate your mouth from your body and have holistic health. Your mouth is your portal, and there is so much science out there documenting the dental/medical systemic connections.” stated Raffio. “The running community, whether elite runners or recreational runners such as myself, are in tune to wellness and our oral health mission. Without good oral health, overall wellness is not realized.”
In early December Tom met his goal, running 82 races in 2012. Unfortunately the next week Tom was sidelined by an injury, which resulted in the tearing of his quad tendon and requiring immediate surgery. Recovery has been ongoing, but Tom is looking forward to getting back into the routine.
Let’s all wish Tom the best in 2013 in his recovery. We hope to see you back on the roads soon!
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